The four-year contract includes a 2% increase in salaries for the second, third and fourth years of the contract. “This interim agreement compensates for our respect and esteem for teachers with the fiscal realities of the province,” Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said in a press release. “The terms of our offer mean that Saskatchewan teachers will be stable for years to come and will be paid 5% above the Western Canadian average.” Teachers will now have the final say as the 13,500 members of the association will vote on the provisional offer in the next three to four weeks. This will be the first electronic vote in the history of the STF. The Saskatchewan government and the province`s teacher bargaining committee have reached a preliminary contract agreement, but it will not include any provisions on class composition and size. If ratified, the STF said the agreement would enter into force from September 1, 2019 until August 31, 2023. The union and the government reached an interim agreement on 22 April. The agreement is retroactive to September 1 last year and runs until August 31, 2023. REGINA — Saskatchewan`s teacher bargaining committee has reached a preliminary agreement with the province.
“This interim agreement compensates for our respect and esteem for teachers with the fiscal realities of the province,” Education Minister Gordon Wyant said Wednesday. In a press release released Thursday night, the Saskatchewan Teachers` Association announced that its members voted 85 per cent for the new four-year contract. The vote took place between Tuesday and Thursday. The Saskatchewan government and the province`s teachers` union have tentatively agreed on a new four-year contract. Maze said he did not encourage preliminary agreement, but said teachers will decide whether it is satisfactory. Teachers must now vote on the four-year contract, which would give them a 2% increase in the second, third and final year of the agreement. The agreement, if ratified, is retroactive until September 2019. “The adoption of this agreement does not signal that teachers` concerns have been taken into account,” STF President Patrick Maze said in the statement. The Saskatchewan government and the teachers` bargaining committee agreed on an interim agreement. The proposed provincial collective agreement must now be put to a vote by members of the Saskatchewan Teachers` Association.
“We agreed to remove the composition of the class and transfer it to a revised class composition committee,” Maze said In a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon. . Maze said the structure was unfair. Two STF members will now be on the committee and the government`s representation on the committee will be reduced to two. Education Minister Gordon Wyant said in a press release that by the end of the contract, teachers were receiving five per cent more than the average salary paid in Western Canada. STF President Patrick Maze said the composition of the classrooms will be removed from the negotiating table by a restructured committee of educators and deans from the province`s two educational institutions. “However, teachers recognize that the world has changed dramatically, and contract execution allows them to focus their energy on supporting their students by continuing to adapt their teaching strategies and providing quality distance learning in an emergency for the rest of this school year.” Schools are expected to remain closed for the remainder of the 2019/20 school year due to the COVID 19 pandemic. It is not certain that they will reopen in time for 2020-21. Teachers had forecast increases of 8% over three years – 2%, 3% and 3%. “If the government fails to implement significant changes, we will explore all avenues, including future rounds of negotiations, to ensure that students` needs are met.” According to the Ministry of Education, the Saskatchewan Teachers` Association will now continue the vote contract to its members.